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After-prom party returns for Chazy students

"If they get tired and want to crash, the library will be the quiet room where we'll have a movie going and a place for them to catch a little snooze," said Pepper.

And, if they're hungry?

"We're going to have all kinds of food - pizza, wings, popcorn, snow cones, ice cream, drinks and coffee," said Pepper.

That news was music to junior Devin Latremore's ears.

"I'm excited because there's going to be free food, a good, endless supply of food," she said.

What's equally exciting for her, she added, is the chance to be with all her friends for the night.

"Yeah, it's like a big sleepover," said junior Sondra Olds.

"It's something we'll remember about our class. And they're tempting us with all these fun things and prizes," added junior Jenna Seymour.

The list of prizes this year again includes items like movie tickets and gift certificates and - again at the top of the list - a used car donated by Parker Chevrolet Pontiac Inc. of Champlain. Every junior who attends the event and stays until it ends will be eligible to win a 2001 Chevy Impala, which has been on display in the school's front courtyard. Regardless which lucky junior wins the car, none will go home empty-handed, said Pepper.

"Every junior that stays will go home with a prize," she said.

Students of the junior class have helped plan the after-prom event, said Pepper, giving their input as to what activities they'd like to see this Saturday. They've even gone as far as selling raffle tickets to help raise money for the things that were generously donated by local businesses and individuals.

"They've really done a lot," said Pepper, who added the committee is happy to coordinate what they hope will continue to be an annual event.

Though the event is geared toward juniors, Pepper noted all students who attend the prom are invited to participate in the after-prom party.

"It's just so important to keep the kids safe, and offer them this alternative," she said.

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